VAAL TRIANGLE - The Electoral Commission has officially launched the 2019 national and provincial elections. The IEC today announced it received 47 political party applications, bringing the total of registered national political parties ahead of the elections to 285. Speaking during the launch in Midrand, Gauteng, today, Commissioner Mosotho Moepja said they are determined to get a huge voter turnout, especially among young people. Mamabolo said there has been a significant improvement in collecting the data of voters on the roll. In March 2016, the IEC had the addresses for only 8.4 million of the 26 million voters on the roll. He said that figure now stands at 21.5 million, which represents 83% of the total number of voters.